Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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2007 Rosemount graduate Tom Compton and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21 Sunday in the NFC championship game. The Falcons will face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Feb. 5 in Houston. Compton, an offensive lineman, played four years at the University of South Dakota before being drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He played four years with the Redskins, playing in 44 games and starting 10, before being signed by the Falcons last off-season.
After being edged by four-tenths of a point by Lakeville South the previous week, the Rosemount gymnastics team got a close meet to go its way last Tuesday. The Irish, ranked 11th in Class 2A, outscored Eagan in the floor exercise by 2.3 points to come from behind for a 137.975-137.575 South Suburban Conference victory. "We have the potential to be very good, but just can't seem to put it together," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said. "We need to control our nerves and fight for landings."
Offensive struggles continued to haunt the Rosemount girls' basketball team last week as its losing skid stretched to four games. The Irish shot 30 percent from the field in their 55-47 loss to Apple Valley last Tuesday at Irish Gym and made just 12 field goals Friday night in their 56-42 South Suburban Conference setback at Shakopee. The team hasn't scored more than 27 points in any of its eight halves of basketball since the Rochester holiday tournament in late December.
The Rosemount boys' hockey team made some mistakes in the second period of its showdown with second-place Burnsville Saturday, and the Blaze were quick to capitalize. The visitors scored three goals in a nine-minute span and never looked back in a 5-1 win at Rosemount Community Center.
Ezayah Oropeza continued to be a bright spot at 195 pounds for the Rosemount wrestling team last week.
Kiersten Browning skates through traffic with the puck during the Rosemount girls’ hockey team’s 2-1 loss to Burnsville last Thursday at Rosemount Community Center. The Irish (8-12) played again Saturday and Browning scored the team’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss at Northern Lakes.
Former Farmington girls soccer coach Seamus Tritchler died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer in September. Tritchler was the Tiger head soccer coach when I started at the newspaper in 2007. He loved the sport and kept popping up as a coach with various teams around the metro right up until this fall.
At last Thursday’s Rosemount girls’ hockey game, I got some photos of a Burnsville player hitting a Rosemount player in the face. You can see them on my Twitter page at @FarmRoseSports. Of course it was a hockey game, so no one seemed to think much of it and play resumed. The Burnsville girls’ hockey official Twitter response to the photos was “Play tough or go home.”
For life-long Minnesota Twins fan Steve Lufkin, vacations don’t come any better than the one he just returned from: A little sight-seeing, time with family and seven days spent in the Florida sun rubbing elbows with Twins greats at the Twi